Following an excellent day of SuperPole Qualifying, the action resumed on Friday in Mont-Tremblant with the first two rounds of heat races for all classes participating in the 2014 ASN Canada FIA Canadian Karting Championships in Quebec.
With karts going wheel to wheel for the first time this week, it was an excitement filled day of action with an excellent preview of what is to come throughout the rest of the weekend.
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Fred Woodley (Maranello North America/Maranello) was on it at the start of heat one as he took the lead ahead of Jeffrey Kingsley (PSL Karting/CRG). Woodley wouldn’t keep the position for long as Kingsley dove down inside corner ten to take away Woodley’s lead. Behind the two leaders Pier Luc Ouellette (KMS/Birel) had a good first heat jumping up two spots finishing in third ahead of Alessandro Bizzotto (PSL Karting/CRG). Brendon Bain (Maranello North America/ Maranello) completed top five in the order after a poor start dropped his chances of getting a good result.
Kingsley took the holeshot in heat two but was under attack by PLO who immediately took over the lead going into the turn four hairpin. A lap later Woodley got by Kinglsey for third allowing him to be in a position to take the lead from the former Grand Finals Champion. Making the move in corner two, Woodley held the lead for only a few hundred feet as a poor exit created a five kart drag race heading into the hairpin between Woodley, PLO, Kingsley, Tyler Kashak (Goodwood/Intrepid) and Bain. The result was bad for the Maranello boys as Both Woodley and Bain made contact ruining their heat and forcing Woodley to retire early and Bain to resume at the tail of the field. Back at the front Ouellette held off Kingsley for the win. Kashak had a great run to finish third ahead of Bizzotto and Bryce Choquer (BBR/Birel).
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It appeared Stuart Clark (Maranello North America/Maranello) was well on his way to an easy heat win, however a mechanical issue with only three laps left had Clark limping around the track and looking over at his engine seeking out the problem. This allowed Francis Mondou (SH Racing/TonyKart) and Dany St-Hilaire (PSL/CRG) to move on by, with St-Hilaire taking the win. Clark was able to wind up third while Paul Carvalho (CRG) drove from the rear of the grid to finish fourth and Etienne LaSalle (KCR-PSL/CRG) fifth.
Heat two saw St-Hilaire and Mondou break away early while Clark pulled in on lap three after suffering more mechanical gremlins. Carvalho accepted the third position from Clark and cruised on to finish there as St-Hilaire scored the heat win over Mondou. LaSalle and Verville rounded out the top-five while Elvis Stojko (PRO/Intrepid) put on a show for the crowd, driving all the way up to sixth before falling back to ninth, and then back to sixth at the line.
**Our points standings do not factor in the qualifying points.